Prismatic Arts Festival

Najet Ghanai

Najet Ghanai

September 24 | 4:00-5:00pm
Central Library (Free - RBC Learning Centre)

NajetGhanai1Najet Ghanai is a Canadian- Libyan visual artist who creates sculptures and installations from construction materials and foraged natural elements. Her work is an investigation of the dynamic coexistence of nature and industry. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and also studied furniture design and fabrication during a semester-long exchange at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Najet exhibited at the 2016 StART Festival and will now bring her installation, TransPlant – Nature vs Industry to Prismatic 2016. On display will be scanographic and video documentation of an intervention in which identical objects were purchased from a large chain corporation and foraged from nature. These objects were then switched, returning the purchased objects to nature, and the foraged objects to the store. She demonstrates the prevalence of colonial desire to pillage the land for profit, while examining the contextual worth of natural resources.

NajetGhanai2Currently Najet is living in Vancouver, British Columbia pursuing work as a sculptor in the film industry but is looking forward to coming back to Halifax to take her well-deserved place on the Prismatic stage.